Welcome to New Music Dublin 2020!
We are delighted to offer you a myriad of creative musical endeavours, right across the spectrum of new music from Ireland and internationally and we want you to approach all of the music on offer in these jam-packed 4 days in a way that suits you.
If you enjoy following interconnecting threads, you will find them (with a bit of snooping): there is definitely something leading from Iceland to Ireland, picking up interesting things along the way via a barrel-organ built by the father of much-missed composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, a certain Danish accordionist and more snow (again!). There's also something around words, and names, and memories. And perhaps something about what it means to be making music with other people, and making music on your own – or even alone amongst other people.
You'll find many other contradictions and confirmations throughout the Festival, to make your head spin and your ears ring.
If you are here simply to enjoy the occasionally mind-bending clashes of ideas, styles, people and sounds that inevitably occur within these intense 4 days, then New Music Dublin is your playground. And everything (except for a few free events and some priced at €5) is €10 a ticket! Also, third Level Students can take advantage of the NCH 'Student Standby' scheme; where available tickets can be bought for €5 one hour before the performance start time.
The Festival was made possible with additional input and assistance from the following
Everyone in every department at The Arts Council / National Concert Hall / RTÉ Orchestras, Quartets and Choirs / RTÉ lyric fm / RTÉ Radio 1 / Culture Ireland / Contemporary Music Centre / Office of Public Works / Dublin City Council / Chamber Choir Ireland / Crash Ensemble / Diatribe Records / RHA / The National Gallery / The Pepper Canister / Lesley Bishop / Neva Elliot McGinley / Evonne Ferguson / Majella Hollywood / Mary Sexton / Angela Rohan / Joe Csibi / Kenny Savelson / Gary Sheehan / Lisa Dowdall / Nick Roth / Juliet Fraser / Ciara Higgins / Robbie Blake / Brian Irvine / Úna Johnston / Cathy Stokes / Joanne Taaffe / Aisling Coyle / Rosita Wolfe / John O’Kane / Simon Taylor / Aodán O Dubhghaill / Jennifer Phillips / Catherine Kirby / Caroline Feehily / Paul Hunt / Paul Kohlmann.
We thank you and salute you.
John Harris, Festival Director